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A Thanksgiving message from NARFE's President
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Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. On behalf of your NARFE National Officers, National Executive Board and Headquarters staff, let me wish you and yours a wonderful day. And, as we all celebrate the many blessings we have as Americans, we must also be aware that some of our earned benefits are under attack. As you relax this holiday season, please take a moment or two to contact your members of Congress at and ask them to defend the retirement and health benefits we worked so hard to earn.

Joseph A. Beaudoin, National President


How deficit reduction plans would affect Social Security
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The growing momentum for federal budget deficit reduction is pointing toward cuts in Social Security benefits for millions of Americans–and one of the proposed changes would begin taking effect quickly. President Obama's deficit reduction commission won't issue a report until December, but several panel members have released detailed trial balloon proposals. The two bipartisan plans released so far each include Social Security benefit cuts; a third, released by Rep. Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., wouldn't cut benefits. More

"Three Kings" coins found!

A small cache of 2,000 year-old silver coins of the "Three Kings" who journeyed to Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth have been found! Read about this miraculous discovery.


Telework legislation passes
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There may be less congestion on Washington-area roads in the coming years, now that the House has passed a bill that gives more federal workers the option of working from home or locations outside the office. The Telework Enhancement Act, cosponsored by Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., passed 254 to 152. It now heads to President Obama for his signature. More

OPM study targets poor performers
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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) wants to find out why the government has such a hard time disciplining or firing poor performers. The agency has begun studying how it punishes employees who cannot or will not improve, Director John Berry recently said. The study is now focusing just on OPM, but Berry wants to broaden it to other agencies and asked for volunteers. More

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MRIs help fight high risk of cancer
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For women with a high risk of breast cancer because of genetic mutations or family history, yearly MRI scans in addition to mammograms and breast exams may save lives, a new study finds. The study, the first to measure survival in a large number of high-risk women receiving MRIs, found that after six years of follow-up, 93 percent of mutation carriers with cancer were still alive, compared with 74 percent alive at five years in earlier studies. In the new study, all of the women at high risk because of family history were still alive after six years. More

Job hunting strategies for people over 45
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There doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel for some job hunters today, especially for those over 45. Older workers must realize that finding a job is not impossible, and that vital steps should be taken in their search in order to be successful. More


Make it a 'day' with the grandkids
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Memorable moments with grandkids don't have to involve national holidays, airline trips or Ronald McDonald. Create your own special memories by focusing on the things you and your grandkids love and setting aside a day to share those activities - you can even give the day its own name. With a little creativity and a lot of enthusiasm, these made-up days may turn into cherished annual events. More

11 signs retirement is not an option in 2011
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As the end of 2010 approaches, it's only natural to get philosophical about the promise of a new year. But if the next 12 months involve retirement, you had better be doing more than just daydreaming of shuffleboard and visits to the grandchildren. Retiring is serious business and requires even more planning than your working life did. Before you offer up a toast over the holidays promising your pending retirement, take a hard look in the mirror. There are a number of telltale signs that you may not be ready to quit working and live on a fixed income just yet. More

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5 things to know before heading to the airport
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented new procedures intended to improve travel security. The new pat-down procedure is perhaps the most controversial. Avoid the headache, and read TSA's newest procedures before heading to the airport. More

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New survey reveals soaring rates for some store credit cards
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Signing up for a store credit card can seem like a good way to survive the holidays. But these cards often come with significant interest rates, as a study recently released by Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., again proves. Surveying credit card offers from 35 major retailers in New York City, the inquiry found rates as high as 29 percent, or nearly double that of average credit cards. Radio Shack, Best Buy, Staples, Home Depot and Sears were the five worst offenders. More

A NARFE member asks about 2011 Medicare rates
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Question: What will I have to pay for Medicare Part B next year? More

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NARFE sends Action Alert, makes 'robocalls' to membership
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NARFE has taken extraordinary measures to alert members about the threat posed to their benefits by a proposal by the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to curb the federal deficit. First, the Association sent an Action Alert through its GEMS e-mail messaging system to all members who have provided an e-mail address to NARFE. Then, it made "robocalls" - automated phone calls - to members for whom they do not have an e-mail address, but do have a phone number. The messages ask members to use a toll-free phone number to contact their representative and senators to oppose the Fiscal Commission plan. More

Join NARFE now before prices go up
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By joining NARFE now, you will save $12. At the recent NARFE National Convention, delegates voted to raise NARFE dues. The new first-year dues rate of $45 takes effect Jan. 1, 2011. Join now at the current $33 rate and save. NARFE is the only association dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and survivors. More

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